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Mehso-so

Two minds on this. This is the opening act of a very successful series. Ever more since the TV adaptation. It‘s very much of its time. Consent wasn‘t something even in the mind of the readers back in 2000. Not like now. I read the reviews before I got to the plot point that now sticks out like woah. More in the comments.

#romance

writerlibrarian See, I don‘t read Daphne has this really, really smart young woman. She‘s self-centered, loved without any restrictions by her large family. She‘s a good friend, a good sister but a naive young woman. That naivety is the anchor of the book, is the reason the drama exist in the book. Simon is closed off emotionally. His survival depended on this. He‘s a man of his time with a self awareness where self control is everything. (edited) 3d
writerlibrarian This story is part old school romance where violence, rape were acceptable plot points and part something that was probably new and surprising at the time with characters that are self aware and have a different agency. The friendship between Daphne and Simon is adorable and how they interact and “court” is fun. 3d
writerlibrarian Still, Daphne knows that her actions were wrong and feels some guilt but not enough to reconsider why they were wrong. Simon dismisses the actions, he got it coming. Sounds so familiar. Of course the reverse situation adds a layer of malaise for us reading this story in 2022.

It‘s a problematic story. Were it written now, I‘m not sure that plot point would be used.
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Memoires D'Hadrien | Marguerite Yourcenar
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Afternoon hockey. Dallas ⭐️. Hoping to get to the 169 page mark needed for January 20th. I'm at 155.

#hockey

writerlibrarian Dumo 🚨 1-0 🐧 Kappy in front of the 🥅 🚨. Quoting the old 29… Shoot the puck good things happen. 2-0 🐧. Dallas gets on the board. 2-1. Turn over 3-2 ⭐️ (edited) 2w
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Histoire de la Rome antique: une introduction | Pierre-Luc Brisson, Mathieu Engerbeaud, Pascal Montlahuc
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Back to back game. Last night win was fab. You would think teams would know not to piss off Sid. Anyway. Making progress on the Yourcenar. Tonight it‘s non fiction and Flyers.

#hockey

writerlibrarian And 🐧 killed another penalty. 🚨on PP. Rust scores. Rust 🚨 again. 2-0 🐧. Jake shake tomorrow. 3-0 🐧. Philly gets one. 3-1. E-Rod 🚨 on a break away. Almost last nail in Philly's coffin. 🐧 scores again. 5-1. Jake again after a save by Jarry. Boyle 🚨 short handed. 6-1. 6-2. See you Saturday in Dallas. (edited) 2w
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Memoires D'Hadrien | Marguerite Yourcenar
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2022. New year. Still listening to hockey. ? lead the ? 6-2 after 2 periods.
My book for January is Yourcenar's Mémoires d'Hadrien. This is the impossible reading challenge from the French CBC.

Happy new year.
#hockey

writerlibrarian Hey, it's 6-4. 🦈 are still alive. They are biting hard. 6-5. E-Rod got his first 🎩 trick. 7-5 Less than 2 m. Jake shake and 2 🎩 tricks. Rusty got his third goal. 8-5. (edited) 2w
llwheeler Impossible reading challenge? I'm intrigued, this book has been on my tbr for a long time. Do you have a link? 2w
writerlibrarian @llwheeler The challenge is part of French CBC radio show Plus on est de fous plus on lit. There's a facebook group, a coach, etc. It's all in French https://ici.radio-canada.ca/ohdio/premiere/emissions/plus-on-est-de-fous-plus-on... 2w
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writerlibrarian @llwheeler if you decided to try the book. One of the best advice the coach gave is to start with reading Yourcenar's notes usually at the end of most edition. It's good advice. 2w
llwheeler Merci! I'll have to check if my edition has notes in it or not... I had no idea this was considered such a hard read 😅 2w
rwmg I've only ever read it in English and although it's one of my favourite books I can imagine it would be hard reading it in a language you're not so totally fluent in. 2w
writerlibrarian @llwheeler I think it's the whole historical context that's the major hurdle with this book. That's what came out during the discussions on the radio show. 2w
writerlibrarian @rwmg French is my first language. I think it's more the level of erudition and the historical context that are difficult. It's been on my TRP forever. I wanted to challenge himself to start reading again. 2w
llwheeler Maybe I'll be okay then, since I studied classics in school. Now I'm curious to give it a try, I might bump it up on my list. 2w
CarolynM Makes me happy to see a reading and watching hockey post from you once again 😃 2w
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Hi… it's been a while. 2021 was… well.. all my spoons went to getting through each day one day at a time. 2021 is the year I read the least books ever. I'm at 13, hoping getting to 15 maybe.

I found 2021 harder than 2020. Work was intense, demanding and completely bonkers every single week. I come home and just sit and don't want to do nothing other than sit, listen to podcast or radio. Tv is not much.

I did finish the new Lady Sherlock. 🥰

tournevis Welcome back! 😘 😘 😘 😘 😘 😘

To be fair, I was barely here too. For me too it's been worse that 2020. I have never had a more intense work year in my entire live and that includes the year of my comprehensive exams where I had to read, understand, and synthesize 15000 pages of history studies and theory in the span of 10 months.
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LeahBergen It‘s so good to see you back again. ❤️ 4w
merelybookish Welcome back! I've missed your book + hockey posts. 4w
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Librarybelle Welcome back! 4w
CarolynM I'm sorry you've had such a hard year. Hope the next one is better. I've missed your posts, especially during the last 7 Penguins games😉🙂 4w
Bookzombie Welcome back! 💗 My husband and I talk all the time about how we feel like 2021 has been worse than 2020. I hope the books you read were all enjoyable and the next year is better. 4w
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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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Monday hockey. Quite welcome. My day was long and hectic. Adorably funny book so far.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Off the back wall and put into the net. 1-0 🐧. On a rebound NY 🚨. PP 🚨 puts NY ahead with 8 m to go (edited) 12mo
CarolynM 👋 I miss seeing your posts, even when it's not hockey season. Hope all is well. 5mo
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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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Next one in the 📚. Such a beautiful cover. Netgalley ARC. Looks like lots of fun.
#netgalley. #romcom

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Pickpick

It feels a lot like a first book. Lots of good ideas but the execution is lacking a bit. The pace of the plot felt off to me. It got going than stopped abruptly and lingered then got going again. I liked the main characters Marion and Bill I got a feel of them. What they wanted, what they were about. The secondary characters were more prop to the story then full fledged characters. #netgalley #mystery

writerlibrarian The idea is interesting, a secret organization doing business from the underground of London. The links to the historical timeline are teasingly well done (Bletchley, the weapon's race, etc.) and inserted in this somewhat alternate world that has potential.

Very much a first book that delivered less then promised.

This was a NetGalley ARC.
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Hockey night. Should finish this tonight.
#readingandlisteningtohockey

writerlibrarian 🐧 and the B's are tied at 1. Boston went ahead right at the end of the first. 🐧 are down 3-1 (edited) 12mo
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I passed the 75% mark. It feels a lot like a first book. Lots of good ideas but the execution is lacking a bit.
🐧 in Boston. They are on a losing streak when playing at the Garden. They are 0-10 since Sullivan became HC.
#readingandlisteningtohockey

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Penguin's hockey. I'm almost at 60%. It's interesting but the slow pace is bugging me a little. Also my reading companion is adorable.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Game on. Rangers get in the board first. On a break away Rust ties the game. 🐧 💜 (edited) 12mo
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Hockey night. I'm at 50% on this ARC. It's interesting but has a lot of shades of Potter's universe. It's making me twitch.
Happy Friday.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Game on. It's Alexis Lafreniere's first game against his idol, #87. It's also P.O. Joseph first game in the NHL. 🐧 🚨. 71 has an 🍎 Letang in the sin bin. 🐧 on penalty kill. After one period, 🐧 lead 1-0. Rangers tie after a PP. 3 penalty on the 🐧 Rangers 🚨 2-1 and another 🚨3-1 NY. 3 🚨 in 3 minutes. At the start of the third 🐧 down by 1. Rangers lead 3-2. Teddy tied. 3 all. 3 minutes to go. After OT it's shoot out. 4-3 🐧 win. (edited) 12mo
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Afternoon game. Against the Caps. I'm up to 30% and the plot is getting really interesting.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian 🐧 first on the board. Caps tie then Ovi 🚨 is first of the season. 2-1 Caps. 🐧 tie with a weird one. Caps PP 🚨 sneaky Nicky then Dragon in the slot 🚨they are now tied at 3. We are in OT. Now SO. 🐧 💜 (edited) 12mo
Augustdana I‘m so torn about shoot outs, but this one ended with their first win of the season so I‘m ok with it now 🤣🤣 12mo
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Friday night hockey. 🐧 💜
Sid and his hockey sticks https://twitter.com/penguins/status/1350209065780211712?s=21

My book is good too.

Perfect Friday.
#readingandwatchinghockey

writerlibrarian Pens Flyers there are always fireworks. 3-2 Flyers after one. Still 3-2 after two but lots of sin bin trips. One too many trips to the sin bin 4-2 Flyers. 🐧 lose 💔 (edited) 12mo
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Hockey is back!!! So is my #readingandwatchinghockey tag.
Hockey is back!!!

LeahBergen My team is up tomorrow night! 🔥 12mo
CarolynM Ugh! 12mo
writerlibrarian Game on. 🐧 draw first blood. 1-0 Pens. Flyers tie on PP. 1-1. 🐧 are taking dumb penalties. 2-1 Flyers. Sid ties 2-2 Crazy goal. Flyers take back the lead. 3-2 with 1 m to the second period. 😕. 🐧 tie the game. Flyers answer right back 4-3. In am other game Suzuki 🚨 points for my hockey pool. 2 goals in 30s 6-3 Flyers 12mo
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Steampunk thriller in the 1950s London. I'm starting on my ARC pile.
So far interesting.

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Pickpick

Things I liked : the food. Really the Toronto food scene is the star of the story. Amy. So much love for her. She knows herself, knows what she wants. Two adults connecting.

This is not a plot driven story. That kinda bugged me for reasons I still don't understand.
#romantsy

Gissy Is that coffee? Looks delicious! 12mo
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#12booksof2020
Day 11 and 12
Both set in London. My favourites covers of the year.

maich I want to read Boyfriend Material. 12mo
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Feel good historical cozy. Start with book 1 and enjoy the journey. Top 3 of my 2020 ARC.
#12booksof2020

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Shadow Puppet | Georges Simenon
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Domestic noir at its very best. Small minds, small lives. The lives of people full of the scent of envy, greed, desperation on a small scale.
#12booksof2020. #domesticnoir

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2020 was like deserted land with a few oasis along the way. Only an handful of books but good ones. All of them. Reading in 2020 was spare but rewarding all the same.

umbrellagirl I loved Pepperharrow! 13mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Pepperharrow 💔 it‘s been months and I‘m still thinking about it 13mo
writerlibrarian @umbrellagirl @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I am so happy that Mori and Thaniel's universe exists. 🥰 13mo
Gissy Great!!!📚📚📚👏👏👏👏🎉🎊 13mo
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Secret of Chimneys | Agatha Christie
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First #goodthing of 2021. Today, January 1 is Public Domain Day. A really good day for librarian, reader, writers...
Here are some of the books of 2021. You can read more at https://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2021/

I've already read a few of these. I'm putting the Agatha Christie on my 2021 list.

4thhouseontheleft There are some great books entering the public domain this year! 13mo
writerlibrarian Yes! One of them is on my top 5 books. I might reread Woolf this year too. 13mo
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Dog Will Have His Day | Fred Vargas
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My yearly Vargas. Only this year since there aren't many left for me to read.
The plot is vintage Vargas where the journey to discovering the culprit is more important than the reveal.
#12booksof2020

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This was a new twist on noir for me.
Good and quick read.
#12booksof2020

Andrew65 A popular book. 13mo
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We see, feel, almost smell the life in this basti where poverty, corruption, surviving are an everyday challenge through the eyes of the 9 years old narrator. The POV never varies. Not an easy read but a worthwhile one.
#12booksof2020

Andrew65 Looks worth exploring. 13mo
Larkken I loved this one, too 💔 13mo
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This book kept me reading at a time when it seems I couldn't. It broke my heart again, like the first book but I can't wait to read the last one. I love my gang of broken thieves.

Start with The Gilded Wolves then run with The Silvered Serpents.
#12booksof2020

Andrew65 Stacked! 13mo
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This got me out of my covid-19 reading funk in the spring. Funny yet there is a little bit of angst. Two grown up figuring out they are better together then alone.

#12booksof2020
#romansty

Andrew65 Looks fun. 13mo
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Rewarding read. My inner ancient history geek loved every chapter of it. Combined with the amazing Caesar‘s Gallic wars it is really entertaining. This was my ancient classic of 2020
#12booksof2020. Day 3
#goodthing

Andrew65 Sounds good. 13mo
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Headliners | Lucy Parker
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#12booksof2020
This was my first book of 2020. Really good Parker vintage. The humour, the banter, grown up love.
Bonus : You can easily cast Idris Elba in this.

Andrew65 A great start to the reading year. 13mo
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My favourite of the year. No contest. Start with book 1 then dive into book 2. Queer steampunk for the first day of xmas and an octopus in a 💡
#12booksof2020
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds zany! 😊 13mo
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The baking part of today's plan is done. Mini gingerbread. My mom's recipe. 🧺 is also done. Now the fun part pf the day, knitting, movie and reading.
#goodthing

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Today's plan includes... 🧺, baking, reading and knitting while watching Die Hard, it's tradition.
#goodthing

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Night Before Christmas | Nikolai Gogol
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This started my day with smiles and sunshine even if it's grey outside. I will have chocolate and a book tonight sitting by the fireplace. 🎉🧣
#jolabokaflodswap #Jolabokaflod
@MaleficentBookDragon
@BookishTrish

BookishTrish Enjoy! Happy holidays! 13mo
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This is my book for the start of the holiday break. I also have a companion while reading.
#goodthing

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Girl Gone Viral | Alisha Rai
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Pickpick

Things I liked: both characters were smart, self-aware and very likeable. Their love journey felt like something almost organic.

Thing I was meh about : the whole plot. Maybe I'm blasée about the whole lying, Youtube, Instagram fame thing. Twitter fights, Insta-drama, etc. are real but not something I connect with.
#romansty

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Hence I felt like the "baddies" were a non entity. The opponent was Jas' and Katrina's post-traumatic syndrome they both live with. That was really well done.

The circle of friends and family were interesting but felt to me reduced to plot pieces. I wanted to know more about Jas' brother, etc.
13mo
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Night Before Christmas | Nikolai Gogol
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BookishTrish Yaaaaaaaaaaaaasss! 13mo
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Girl Gone Viral | Alisha Rai
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I put aside the ARC and went with a lighter read. Alisha Rai went through her own viral moment too.

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/podcast/402-girl-indeed-gone-viral-with-alis...

#goodthing

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Next book is the next one in my ARC pile. #goodthing

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Mr. Hotshot CEO | Jackie Lau
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Pickpick

I liked that it wasn't an easy fix, love cures all HEA. Depression is a hard, difficult state and both Courtney and Julian are taking it seriously. The week-end trip to foodie Montreal was interesting, since it's next door for me.

A solid 3 ⭐️

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Mr. Hotshot CEO | Jackie Lau
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This is my reading appointment this evening.
#goodthing

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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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Funny and smart. I liked that it's a HFN and that Luc and Oliver will grow individually and together. The problems they have did not go magically pouf because they realized they were in love. I like the fake relationship trope done well.

Downside of using trendy internet, fandom things makes some of the references already dated.

Overall it's a fun romcom.

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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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My swap was put in the mail and the current book is keeping me engaged. #goodthing
@MaleficentBookDragon

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All wrapped and ready to go.
#jolabokaflodswap
@MaleficentBookDragon

LeahBergen Pretty! 😍 14mo
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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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2 days in and I'm already at 25%. It's funny, sarcastic and I find myself loving Luc as he's making himself unlovable.
#goodthing

CocoReads I just downloaded this the other day. I‘ll have to get to it soon. 14mo
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No Title | None
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2020 was not a big reading year. I updated my reading log today. It had been gathering dust since March. I didn't finish one season of Booked but still I mostly read from the themes of the challenge. So I «booked » myself the 2021 edition.
#booked2020

Bookzombie I don‘t think I will finish this year‘s challenge either, but I‘m signing up for 2021 too. 14mo
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Pickpick

It is hard to point to one thing that made me love this story. I think it's the contrast between the short timeline in both periods that the stories take place and the slow, restrained way the story is shown and told. I liked the mirrored lives of Caroline in present time with Nella's and Eliza's in the past. #netgalley #beautifulcover

writerlibrarian It's a coming of age story in so many ways. It hit some of my favorite reading buttons : academia, libraries, archeology of sort. Sarah Penner writes wonderful, strong and interesting women characters. It has the rough patches of a first novel, a bit too much telling but I much enjoyed the journey I took with Caroline, Nella and Eliza. It's a mystery, a treasure chase and finding yourself in the process for all of them. Also beautiful cover. 14mo
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My #goodthing today are new flowers to make my grey Sunday a little brighter.

LeahBergen So pretty! 1y
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New Gusu's blue bunny nails. Untamed nails are my #goodthing of the day.
Book is still good.

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My old baby sunning herself in front of the patio door during this warm November, me reading a good book.
#goodthing

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I think all the stress and anxiety generated by Covid and the US elections has dropped because I finally let go.
#goodthing of the day... I requested Natasha Pulley's upcoming title because I love her writing but not really thinking I would get it. But... I did. 💜

Also Sarah Penner's book so far is good. I read 12% in one go.

LeeRHarry Love the cover of the Natasha Pulley book 😊 actually edit - love the other one too! (edited) 1y
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